As president-elect in December, Joe Biden declared that none of his family members, particularly his son Hunter, would maintain any foreign business ties while he was in office.
That pledge would have necessitated Hunter Biden divesting himself of his controversial stake in a Chinese equity investment firm, but the White House is apparently not able to confirm that such a move has taken place.
“You were going to get back to us on that”
White House press secretary Jen Psaki dodged the question when a reporter brought it up this week.
According to Mediaite, she attempted to shift the conversation away from the younger Biden’s ties to Shanghai-based Bohai Harvest RST Equity Investment Fund Management. Biden owned a 10% share of the firm and his attorney stated he would be divested as of October 2019.
Newsmax reporter Emerald Robinson referenced concerns about Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings during Monday’s White House press conference.
“As of April, he had not yet done that,” Robinson said of the divestment. “And at some point, you were going to get back to us on that. Do you have an update on that? Has he dissolved that interest now?”
Psaki deflected, encouraging the reporter to ask Hunter Biden’s “representatives” and reiterating that he “doesn’t work in the administration.”
“Talk to his representatives”
She attempted to transition to the subject of renewed trade talks with China, but Robinson was clearly not satisfied with the response. He pressed the issue and insisted that it would be “assuring to the American people” to know whether the president’s son had made good on his promise.
“Again, I conveyed to you — and then I think I’m going to have to move on — that you should talk to — that you should talk to his representatives,” Psaki said.
Robinson again interjected, causing the White House spokesperson to bristle, claiming: “There’s no reason to yell. I’m certainly not yelling. You should talk to his representatives. That remains his policy. He’s been working to wind that down. Beyond that, I would talk to his representatives.”
Psaki’s remark was itself an apparent rehash of her assertion in February.
“He has been working to unwind his divestment but I would certainly point you — he’s a private citizen — I would point you to him or his lawyers on the outside on any update,” she said at the time.